Locals Archives of Oblivion are slated to dispense their gospel-laced, psych/blues jams all about as they open for San Diego blues rock outfit Howlin’ Rain tonight, Thursday, July 26th, at North Star Bar. Archives is the project from local talent Josh Olmstead, and they’re currently gearing up to release their first studio album, Psychic Readings. They’ll be followed up by San Francisco post-psych band Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. Tickets to the 21+ show are available here for $12. Below, stream and download “Gong to Go,” the single from Archives of Oblivion’s forthcoming album. And don’t forget to catch them on their summer residency at Ortleib’s Lounge.
Josh Olmstead’s new band, Archives of Oblivion, and the North Lawrence Midnight Singers have announced a joint summer residency at Ortlieb’s Lounge. The shows will take place Monday, June 18th; Saturday, July 14th; and Saturday, August 18th. The Northern Liberties club, bar and restaurant recently reopened after being closed for a period of two years. When we last heard from Archives of Oblivion, a reference to an album title by Roy Harper, the band performed a 40th anniversary tribute to Jerry Garcia’s debut solo album at Milkboy in January. The band plan on performing another album from the Seventies in its entirety soon and recording an album of all original material. Go here for more information about the shows and the newly reopened Ortlieb’s Lounge.
Archives Of Oblivion is the new project from Josh Olmstead along with Natalie Butts (guitar, percussion, vocals), Tyler Case (keyboards), Claire Duncombe (percussion, vocals), Joseph Primavera (guitar), Matt Scarano (drums), and Matt Stein (bass). The band is playing three dates in January to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of Jerry Garcia’s 1972 debut solo album Garcia (released January 20th, 1972). AOO will play the album in its entirety along with a set of all new original songs. Fans of the Grateful Dead may recall that in addition to Garcia releasing his solo debut in 1972, Bob Weir released his solo debut Ace and Mickey Hart his solo debut Rolling Thunder that same year. Garcia’s debut featured the song “Deal,” “Sugaree,” and “The Wheel.” Bill Kreutzmann played drums on the album and Garcia played all other instruments.
Archives of Oblivion perform Thursday, January 19th, at John & Peters, New Hope, Friday, January 20th, at Milkboy in Philadelphia, and Sunday, January 22nd, at the Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk. The North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Andrew Gray (formerly of Hoots & Hellmouth) are on the bill at the Milkboy show. Below, check out a video of the Jerry Garcia Band performing “Deal” from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut from September 5th, 1989.